Based: Ft. Lewis, Wash.
14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: February 4, 2006
Hometown: Long Beach
Foreign Country of Birth: Mexico
Long Beach combat engineer killed in Iraq blastRead the entire Associated Press article about Army Speialist Roberto L. Martinez Salazar at Military Times, and find more about Specialist Salazar at LA IndyMedia and at Fallen Heroes.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Army Spc. Roberto L. Martinez Salazar died Saturday when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle in Mosul as he patrolled for planted explosives, according to the military.
Martinez Salazar, 21, of Long Beach, planned to get married when he returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq and make a career out of the military, his relatives said.
“He was just a kid, a kid, a lovely kid,” his aunt, Isabel Enciso, said during the combat engineer’s funeral on Monday. “I don’t know why God decided to take him but now he has an angel to sing and praise him. I know he did this for us, for all the people not just for the family, but just for all the people in this country and in Iraq.”
Martinez Salazar was born in Mexico and moved to Long Beach as a child. He enlisted in the Army in March 2003 and recently re-enlisted.